San Francisco Skyline at Night

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San Francisco’s food scene is well renowned around the world, for the diversity of the cuisine, the quality of the produce, and the innovation of the menus. It follows then that little ones in San Francisco eat very well indeed. Here are our top picks for restaurants to take the kids in the city by the Bay.

  1. MY China: Martin Yan’s addition to the Westfield Mall’s food-court is a great place to take the kids for a post-shopping dumpling or pre-movie meal. If your little ones are squirmy, grab a table outside and let them run around in the open space of the mall.
  2. Sweet Maple: Brunch in San Francisco is a sacred meal and the standards are high. Sweet Maple continues to be a popular favorite for its delicious and fuss-free breakfasts, with a wide variety of choices from eggs to paninis and a dedicated kids’ menu.
  3. Dosa: Dosa offers a gourmet take on this South Indian staple, and doesn’t forget about the kids either! Order a plain dosa and watch the kids go crazy over its conical shape. Great cocktails for mum and dad too.
  4. Griddle Fresh: Another sacred brunch spot, Griddle Fresh on 24th Street in Noe Valley offers great waffles and regular brunch favorites in a homely atmosphere.

    San Francisco Ferry Building

    The San Francisco Ferry Building hosts a number of kid-friendly restaurant and a farmers market.
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  5. Delfina Pizzeria: The Fillmore location has more space than the Mission one, and is certainly worth a trip to try some of the best thin-crust, gourmet pizza you will ever have. Kids will enjoy their margarita pizza while mum and dad can go for something a little more interesting (speck pizza anyone?).
  6. Green Chile Kitchen: Green Chile Kitchen builds its menu around the New Mexican favorite, chili, and offers an innovative take on every dish made with the healthiest ingredients. Kids will enjoy quesadillas made from homemade tortillas and a scrumptious hot chocolate.
  7. Rainforest Café: Although you won’t find too many locals around Fisherman’s Wharf, Rainforest Café is a fun place to take the kids if you are doing the tourist thing in San Francisco. The atmosphere is fun, simulating a rain forest, and kids’ menu is extensive.
  8. Yank Sing: Sunday family lunches at Yank Sing are legendary, when the restaurant spills into the atrium of the Rincon Center. Enjoy gourmet Chinese food while the children run around, dodging deem sum carts and the waterfall in the middle of the room. Weekday lunches are more business-like but delicious nonetheless.

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